The one big advantage of traveling in the U.S is that I get to use your crappy, cheap-ass two-pin power plugs. I love that these small pieces of junk can fold up even smaller. Compare this to taking a vacation to the UK, where the adapters are the size of 1980s-era cellphones and young citizens have to be trained in the use of their safety features.
All of which is a roundabout (and culturally insulting) way to say I love Quirky’s new Pivot Power Mini, a tiny lightbulb-sized adapter which converts a single socket into two USB ports and a pair of power-points.
The cylindrical(ish) unit opens up (somewhat) like a book to reveal the extra AC outlets, but you can use it folded as a USB charger. The blurb doesn’t mention high-current USB charging so we’ll assume that this one is for iPhones and iPads mini only.
And finally, I love how it reminds me of an X-Wing. A dorky X-Wing, but still.
The Pivot Power mini is just $25, or less than buying a single charger from Apple.
Source: Quirky Products.